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MUSIC

ANCIENT GREEK MUSIC

Excerpt from "The Art of the Muses: Ancient Greek Music" (Antigone and the Greek World)

"Ancient Greek musicians performed on a variety of string, wind and percussion instruments. The most common string instruments were the lyra or lyre, and the kithara. The lyre is a plucked string instrument originally made from a tortoise shell (forming the body or resonator), a stretched animal skin (forming the top or belly) and two animal horns supporting a wooden crossbar. The sheepgut strings (usually seven) were wound around the crossbar, stretched across a bridge placed on the belly, and attached to the bottom of the resonator...

The aulos was the principal wind instrument. It consisted of a tube made from wood, metal, ivory or bamboo, which was pierced with fingerholes, and a cane double-reed inserted into a reed holder (holmos) which was affixed to the upper end of the tube. It was used to accompany dramatic choruses and dancing in the cult rituals of Dionysus, and for keeping time at athletic competitions and on ships where rowers had to paddle on beat..."

[View a NEXUS sample of this chapter by CLICKING on the ANTIGONE cover below.]

Lesson plans and cross-curricular activities are included in the NEXUS GUIDELINES, which are free with class-set orders of ANTIGONE AND THE GREEK WORLD.

MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC

The Lion and Winter and the Middle Ages

  1. We explore Gregorian Chant (referenced in the play) and medieval songs written in honor of Thomas Becket.

  2. Lesson plans and cross-curricular activities are included in the NEXUS GUIDELINES, which are free with class-set orders of the NEXUS GRAPES OF WRATH volume.

Macbeth and the Dark Ages

  1. students learn about the invention of the solfege system by Guido of Arezzo.

  2. Interdisciplinary music lesson plans and cross-curricular activities are included in the NEXUS GUIDELINES, which are free with class-set orders of the Macbeth and the Dark Ages

AMERICAN MUSIC

The Harlem Renaissance

  1. In this volume of NEXUS students learn the history of the blues and how to compose New Orleans Polyphony in the manner of Jelly Roll Morton.

  2. The Harlem Renaissance supplement lesson plans (free with class-set orders) teach students to create illustrated blues poems in the manner of Langston Hughes and Aaron Douglas.

The Grapes of Wrath and the American Dream

  1. In this volume, students study the role of Swing music during the Great Depression and how to deconstruct it.

  2. In THE NEXUS GRAPES OF WRATH supplements (free with class-set orders) students compare repetition in music with Steinbeck's use of repetition in The Grapes of Wrath, and they study the Federal Music Project section of the WPA.

  3. Lesson plans and cross-curricular activities are included in the NEXUS GUIDELINES, which are free with class-set orders of the NEXUS GRAPES OF WRATH volume.
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